I’m not one to dwell too much on celebrities, but there are three in particular (two celebrities, one fictional character) that provide inspiration for me. In a departure from my typical posts, I’m sharing about them today.

Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)leslie_knope_ben_wyatt_wedding

I know, I know. Leslie is a fictional character from a TV show. Our political leanings would work well for a rousing game of tug-of-war. But she still inspires me. She gets things done, whether it’s in the parks department, on city council, or in her friend’s backyard. She’s tenacious, and motivates her friends and coworkers, both qualities that I’m learning to work on. She is a loyal friend, she loves gifts, and she loves notebooks. She inspires me to a better friend and to work hard as I pursue my passions. And to also up my notebook game. Then again, I’m steeped in CHA notebook traditions so… (if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it)

Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge)


While I’m thankful to be an American, I do admire the history and tradition of the British monarchy, and am totally inspired by Kate’s story, a real-life fairy tale in case you have forgotten. I don’t know her personally. I don’t know what her day-to-day life is like, but from the evidence I can see, she exudes grace, poise, and kindness.

We can all use a little more grace and kindness these days, can’t we?

She inspires me to be ready to face whatever life throws at me next, and while a royal title isn’t in the cards for me, I want to be the most prepared person in the room for whatever God has planned next.

Also, I love everything she’s ever worn, and this picture of her is #goals. Drinking tea with pearls in my hair.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Joanna Gaines (Duchess of Shiplap and Cased Openings)

I admire Joanna for so much more than her style, shiplap, or ponytails. Anytime I watch the show, I don’t know how to explain it, but I feel uplifted. After reading “The Magnolia Story,” I felt like I just had an amazing marriage lesson. I love how she cares for her kids. I smile with how she lovingly encourages Chip, even when he is insanely goofy. All of that makes me hope to be as a creative inspiration to those around me like she is to her community. She inspires me to a better wife. She makes me long even more for the day I get to be a mom.

While these ladies inspire many around the world, the lesson here is that we shouldn’t aspire to be copies of them. The world doesn’t need more Joanna Gaines, Kate Middletons, or Leslie Knopes. What we could all use is more women who fill their own corner of life like these ladies do: with grace, humility, passion, courage, creativity, and love. We can never have enough of that.

I’ve been on Pinterest now for going on six years, and one of the first quotes I ever saw on there has remained an all-time favorite.

We need more of women like YOU.

Will you be you today?


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